has my nissen failed?

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gloopstar
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   Posted 12/18/2013 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
sorry for the umpteenth post this week but i am having a worrying week.
i am now nearly two weeks post op, the last two days i have had the burning in my lower chest/upper stomach, i am belching some things up such as water which happened last night.

However, i still cant really say this is consistent with the reflux symptoms i had before the op.
the burning was further up in my chest and i would often belch acid up regularly, another thing i have noticed hasnt really happened (or if it has fairly mildly)

does anyone think my reflux symptons have returned? i've been a bit upset over it today as i was really hoping this surgery would work for me.

I am 20 years old, on ranitidine x 2 daily and for what is worth me mentioning i am a smoker! (slapped wrist, i know)

feeling quite stressed at the moment. can anyone offer an insight?
regards.

Diaas2
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   Posted 12/18/2013 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It is normal to feel the sensation of reflux after surgery. The esophagus is a dumb organ, it interprets all pain as reflux. It is too early to conclude that your nissen is a failure. Time and time again people post about how they feel reflux after surgery early in the healing process. Many people post about their fears of a failed nissen, then come back later on and talk about how wonderful it was they had the procedure done. You will have a lot of swelling going on at your wrap site, which will make it hard to get food down, and even let little bits of stomach acid past the wrap because of the uneven swelling going on. Wait for the swelling to go down as more healing happens. You are likely to feel better and better as time goes on!

Oh and by the way, I'm about 7 weeks post nissen myself. I regurgitated all kinds of things because they wouldn't pass my wrap, including water. They would get stuck at my wrap and I'd regurgitate what wouldn't go down very fast or at all.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/18/2013 5:58:58 PM (GMT-7)


Mcedge
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   Posted 12/19/2013 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bloopstar

Im sure that everything is fine. There are not many people on the forum that haven't had problems in the first three months.
I'm going through the exact same thing but I'm at 5 weeks post op.
We have to give it at least 3 months and hopefully things will have settled down.

Just keep remembering that for most people this surgery is successful and it will be for us too.

Maria

TheSiXness
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   Posted 12/19/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms are worse off after my nissen and a half months ago. Before it was mostly congestion and breathing problems... now it's burning! ughhh
-TheSickness-

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/20/2013 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The SIXness

When did you have your nissen? I had mine just over 5 weeks and I believe that I'm in far more pain than I was before.

Did you have a hernia repair or was it just the fundoplication?

Hopefully over Christmas things will settle down for both of us. Not sure that I can hold out until the new year for tests !

Maria

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/20/2013 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Gloopstar

How are yo today ? Hopefully your feeling better and things have settled down.

They haven't settled down for me yet and to be perfectly honest I'm not too sure they will.

How are you getting on with eating ? Do you have any problems swallowing ?

I haven't really had a problem swallowing just a few times have I felt like I'm swallowing a football.

I do have a problem with heartburn and it seems to last for hours. It started last night and I've still got it today. Not sure if it's heartburn but it sure feels like it.

I get an acidly mouth and throat but after I've taken my ppi's it seems to disappear after a couple of hours so I'm pretty sure that it's reflux. The ppi's don't seem to help the heartburn though.

I've noticed you haven't posted for a while so maybe your feeling better - I do hope so .

Maria

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/20/2013 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Diaas2

How are you? Your just a couple of weeks ahead of me. Has you can see from my previous post I'm not doing too well. I'm still hoping it's swelling but really not sure.

Do you think that you suffered with swelling and if so when did yours subside or do you think you still have it ?

Maria

eLaReF
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   Posted 12/20/2013 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mcedge/Maria

5 weeks is still early days, but sorry you are feeling unwell.

What are you eating? I was told to eat only pureed soup/soft desserts for 6 weeks after my Op and had no problems (apart from really, really craving pizza!). Try taking a step backwards on your diet and see if that helps settle your tummy.

Also, have you gone back to work too soon and, could this be causing problems?

Hope you get better soon.

Les.

Post Edited (eLaReF) : 12/20/2013 8:28:48 AM (GMT-7)


Diaas2
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   Posted 12/20/2013 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria

My issue is still in eating. Much of my acid reflux has gone away, I still clear my throat from the acidic saliva throughout the day. I do still have lots of swelling, which is why I think I'm still having difficulty eating.

I usually cant eat more than one texture of food at a time, or it will get stuck, depending on how badly it gets stuck sometimes I have to regurgitate it. I was able to eat a thin crust pizza because of the sauce and the cheese and the crust was thin and crunchy. But if I eat something like that, its only one, maybe two slices, and it takes a half hour or more to eat. Forget sandwiches, I expect it will be months before I get to that point again, at least at the rate my eating is improving. I could take a sandwich apart and eat what's on it, one thing at a time. The vegetables are tough to eat too, especially the lettuce. Eating is very time consuming, especially depending on what I'm trying to eat. It's still an all day process for me to eat.

Two weeks ago that situation was a lot worse. The same kind of food would have taken me a few hours. One of the days I went home from work early because my stomach was spasming in an attempt to throw up, so I was heaving over my trash can, while frantically trying to get those anti nausea meds out of that ridiculous packaging that you have to take forever to peel off to get the pill out. I want to yell maybe even hit the person that decided to make anti nausea meds time consuming and a surgical process to get the pill out. Usually when you need those meds you cant take it fast enough.

Edit: I ended up regurgitating a bunch of the scrambled eggs I tried eating this morning. It's definitely a roller coaster recovery.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/20/2013 8:53:52 AM (GMT-7)


Mcedge
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   Posted 12/20/2013 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Les

I'm still eating a soft /sloppy diet. Nothing really challenging. I don't really have a problem swallowing. I haven't gone back to work yet. I'm really not in a fit state. I'm still holding out that it's due to swelling and because there is swelling this is letting acid out. I know that acid is definitely getting into my mouth. I've had what I feel is heartburn for the last 24 hours.


Hi Diaas2

I'm pleased your getting on ok and don't seem to have too much of a problem eating. I've never really had too much of a problem swallowing food just a couple of times. My problem seems to be acidy mouth and the chest pain that feels like heartburn. Like I said to Les I'm hoping it's swelling and in another week or so it will have settled down.


Maria

gloopstar
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   Posted 12/20/2013 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback and response guys!

Mcedge - the burning is settling down for me, not as intense as the other day so I think it's just the recovery. I am now pas two weeks - I can manage most foods as long as I have water with it to help chew it down and drink plenty so as it all passes the wrap. Today has been a much better today and long may it continue. I'm sure yours is healing pain too and we are just experiencing refered pain/swelling rather than reflux itself. Still no heartburn symptoms for me but some foods get stuck When I'm swallowing, I just make sure I have a glass of water with my meal.

Take care.
Nate

gloopstar
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   Posted 12/20/2013 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I say most foods as in regards to the diet I'm following...meats and stodgy foods are still off the menu...although I did manage a slice of thin crust pizza today and some salad...was nice not to feel the burn after a bit of pizza!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/20/2013 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Maria-

What exactly is your diet consisting of?

Take care,
Bill
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